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Meaning of VIGNETTE

Pronunciation:  vin'yet

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books)
  2. [n]  a photograph whose edges shade off gradually
  3. [n]  a brief literary description

VIGNETTE is a 8 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: sketch
 See Also: description, exposure, photo, photograph, pic, sketch, study



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vi*gnette"\, n.
    A picture, illustration, or depiction in words, esp. one of a
    small or dainty kind.
  2. \Vi*gnette"\ (?; 277), n. [F. vignette, fr. vigne a
    vine. See {Vine}, and cf. {Vinette}.]
    1. (Arch.) A running ornament consisting of leaves and
       tendrils, used in Gothic architecture.
    2. A decorative design, originally representing vine branches
       or tendrils, at the head of a chapter, of a manuscript or
       printed book, or in a similar position; hence, by
       extension, any small picture in a book; hence, also, as
       such pictures are often without a definite bounding line,
       any picture, as an engraving, a photograph, or the like,
       which vanishes gradually at the edge.
  3. \Vi*gnette"\, v. t.
    To make, as an engraving or a photograph, with a border or
    edge insensibly fading away.